This could be our first glimpse of the Huawei Mate 30 (or Mate 30 Pro) circular camera setup
Naturally, there's no way to verify the reliability of this Weibo-originating leak, although at first glance, it looks at least slightly more plausible than the concepts making the rounds a couple of weeks ago.
Four rear cameras in a centered circular arrangement
Most companies tend to stick with design trends they set for industry rivals, but as Apple and Google are expected to adopt square-shaped camera modules on their next-gen flagships, Huawei is looking likely to ditch the appearance of the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro shooters in favor of yet another original approach.
The circular Leica-branded camera setup on the back of the Mate 30 (or Mate 30 Pro) looks positively futuristic in this first semi-credible leak, sitting almost perfectly flush with the gradient rear cover of the unreleased high-end handset. There seems to be a large imaging sensor in the center of the eye-catching module, flanked by two other shooters to the left and a fourth camera accompanied by an LED flash to the right.
Obviously, we have no idea what specific tasks each camera will be in charge of, but oddly enough, the square-shaped periscope lens introduced by the P30 Pro appears to have gone missing. That could mean we're looking at the "regular" Mate 30 here (since the non-Pro P30 lacks the super-advanced periscope camera)... or it might suggest the render is actually a fabrication.
The truth is the image is a little too sharp and detailed to be taken for granted so early in Huawei's pre-release Mate 30 preparation, going so far as to include "confirmation" of 5x optical zoom capabilities (up from 3x on the Mate 20 Pro).
When should you expect the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro to be released?
This may have seemed like an easy question to answer just a few months ago, but we're no longer certain Huawei will be able to pull off a global commercial rollout in October or November in keeping with Mate family tradition. That's because no one knows what operating system these phones will run out the box and whether or not restrictions will be imposed on key Google services and Play Store access.
If the company can sort out the intricate political matters that have already caused some major financial losses, a fall release might still be on the table. If not, there's a good chance the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will see daylight first in China in December, followed by a global expansion at some point in 2020 when the tech giant's homebrewed Android alternative is deemed ready for international primetime.
Of course, the Android issue is merely the tip of Huawei's concerns right now, as the company doesn't know what chips it will be able to use inside its future products. Hence, it's pretty much impossible to make any educated guesses regarding the specs of the Mate 30 duo, but for the sake of the smartphone market as a whole, we sure hope all the confusion will be cleared up in the near future.